National Hellenic Research Foundation, Athens


The National Hellenic Research Foundation (NHRF) was founded in 1958 and is a non-profit Research Foundation supervised by the General Secretariat for Research and Technology of the Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs in Greece. Today, NHRF consists of the Theoretical and Physical Chemistry Institute (TPCI), the Institute of Historical Research (IHR), the Institute of Biology, Medicinal Chemistry and Biotechnology (IBMCB) and the National Documentation Centre (NDC). The TPCI was established in 1979 and its research activities involve selected fields of chemistry, physics and materials science, aiming at the advancement of science and technology in search of novel materials with advanced functional characteristics and potentially suitable for innovative technological applications. Briefly, the experimental activities at TPCI incorporate the synthesis, the study of structure, and the dynamics of inorganic, organic and organic-inorganic hybrid systems with novel electronic and optoelectronic properties (such as carbon-based nanostructured materials, low-dimensional inorganic and glassy materials, layered crystals and polymers), and laser-matter interactions in the range from vacuum-UV to NIR, materials for nanolithography, imaging, bio-photonics and other photonic applications. The Institute is located in the Greek capital, Athens.

The Acropolis in Athens, Greece.

The Acropolis in Athens

2 PhD positions are based at the National Hellenic Research Foundation

ESR7. “Functionalization of exfoliated graphene with organic dyes”

ESR7. Ruben Canton VitoriaRuben Cantón “My name is Rubén Cantón, my first language is Spanish, but also I can speak in Portuguese, Catalan, English and, maybe, in the future, Greek. I am chemist and love science, physics, biology and of course chemistry, then I like to know and speak of that. Of sport, I am not of any team and I don’t like speak of people that win thousand of thousand of euros by play with a ball, but if you want play football, basketball, volleyball… me too (if I don’t have to stop a reaction, or similar, of course). Also, I have a certain level of experience in sport like capoeira and kendo and I like dancing a lot.”
ESR8. “Functionalization of exfoliated graphene with semiconductor nanoparticles”

ESR8Antonia Kagkoura received her master’s degree in Materials Science from the University of Patras in Greece. She continued her studies with a master’s degree in polymers, focusing on droplet evaporation, at the Institute of Materials and Processes at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Except from science she likes music, movies, swimming, travelling and of course trying new cuisines!

Project Supervisors at NHRF

S7Nikos Tagmatarchis is Director of Research at the Theoretical and Physical Chemistry Institute, National Hellenic Research Foundation, in Athens, Greece. He has studied chemistry and received his PhD from the Chemistry Department, University of Crete, Greece (1997). His research interests focus on the chemistry of carbon-based nanostructured materials such as fullerenes, nanotubes, graphene and diamondoids, targeting applications in the fields of solar and photoelectrochemical cells, water splitting and hydrogen production. His accomplishments in the area are reflected on more than 175 publications, 6900 citations, h-index:35 and numerous invited presentations at international conferences. He has been recipient of the European Young Investigator Award (2004), Visiting Professor at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (2011) and Invited Fellow by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science in Japan (2012-2013), hence his interest in noodle bars in Nagoya.
zNHRF1Dr. Georgios Mousdis obtained a diploma in Chemistry from the University of Athens in 1986 and received his Ph.D (1990) also from Athens University. Then, he spent one year at CNRS Paul Pascal Bordeaux-France and two years at NCSR Demokritos-Greece as postdoctoral associate. From 1997 he is at NHRF, currently serving as senior researcher. His current research interests lie in the synthesis of hybrid materials, low dimensional materials, sol-gel chemistry, fluorimetry and sensors. He has more than 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals, more than 1000 citations associated with an h-index=15, a large number of participations in conferences and invited talks to Universities and Research centers abroad. He has coordinated and/or participated >15 national and/or international research projects.
zNHRF2Dr. Nektarios N. Lathiotakis is senior researcher at TPCI/NHRF. His expertise is in the field of the electronic structure theory of materials (DFT methods, development and applications). He has co-authored 52 publications (1080 citations, h-index 19). He has participated in two national research projects and has received funding from two TMR networks of the EU and one from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft. At present, he is a visiting researcher (on sabbatical) at the Max Plank Institute for Microstructure Physics, Halle, Germany.

NHRF team

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